Bud Welch, above, talks about his daughter’s death in the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City. Welch talked about the need for forgiveness in his own healing process and how he chose not to support the death penalty for Timothy McVeigh. Juan Roberto Melendez, below, talks about spending almost 18 years of his life on death row after being wrongfully convicted of murder in Florida. Randy Gardner talked about his brother’s execution by firing squad for killing an attorney.
The three speakers discussed abolishing the death penalty in the United States during a program for students at Shawe Memorial High school on Tuesday. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/ firstname.lastname@example.org)